Enable and Install Telnet Client in Windows

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Windows operating system comes with built-in Telnet client, a simple, text-based program which allows users to connect and login to a remote server accepting Telnet TCP connection via Internet or LAN. With Telnet client, administrators can establish interactive remote access session and login to a server, and run commands to manage the system or access programs and services that are on the remote computer, without physically present in front of console.

To be able to telnet to another remote computer, a Telnet client is needed. Beginning from Windows Vista, including in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, Telnet client is not installed by default. The following guided tutorial will install Telnet client in Windows.

  1. Click on Start button or Power User Quick Access menu in Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10, then go to Control Panel -> Programs.
  2. Under the Programs and Features section, click Turn Windows features on or off. If User Account Control permission confirmation request warning pops up, click on Continue. If you are prompted for an administrator password, type the password.
  3. In the Windows Features dialog box, select (tick) the Telnet Client check box.

    Install & Enable Telnet Client

  4. Click OK. Wait for the installation to finish.

Once installed, you can find Telnet Client by typing Telnet in Start Search.

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  • Telnet is disabled by default because it is usually a bad choice from a security point of view.

    A good substitute for Windows telnet client is AbsoluteTelnet from Celestial Software. Not only does it support telnet as the MS client does, but it also supports SSH, which is a better security choice. It has a tabbed interface, advanced security, and is translated into seven languages!

  • Sly

    If you have enabled the telnet client, a cool website to telnet is towel.blinkenlights.nl

    Just press WinKey+R to open Run, type telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl , and press enter.

  • Putty is also a nice Telnet client, supports SSH too…

  • Thanks SO MUCH!!!!

  • Yaarik

    I actually had this enabled.. (:

  • Jacob

    Every time I try this, I wait for a while, then get an error message saying that not all of the changes have been successfully applied. Of course, telnet is still off after each attempt. Anyone have an idea of what's going on?

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